Overview of RST Types and Namespaces

The information on this page is outdated. Package descriptions can be found here

This page shall give a short summary of the stable RST Types and their semantic structuring into distinct namespaces. As such, it shall give component developers a brief overview of the overall library and describe the rationale behind the different namespaces. Ideally, parts of this page will be auto-generated in the future (cf. #630) from the respective type folder in the RST repository, which can also be accessed directly via the repository browser: https://code.cor-lab.org/projects/rst/repository/show/trunk/rst/proto/stable/rst

this page is work in progress

Rationale for Package Names


Geometry is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. (source)



Kinematics is the branch of classical mechanics that describes the motion of bodies (objects) and systems (groups of objects) without consideration of the forces that cause the motion. (source)


In the field of physics, the study of the causes of motion and changes in motion is dynamics. In other words the study of forces and why objects are in motion. Dynamics includes the study of the effect of torques on motion. (source)


In electrical engineering and computer science, image processing is any form of signal processing for which the input is an image (source)


Audio signal processing, sometimes referred to as audio processing, is the intentional alteration of auditory signals, or sound. (source)


The use of the term stochastic to mean based on the theory of probability (source)

Communication Patterns

Refers to additional prototypes for advanced communication patterns at the integration level such as the Task-State pattern.

The term was introduced (?) in Robotics in a paper by Christian Schlegel. We could cite this as a source here.


  • ROS Action lib


  • add related work for each namespace